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Dumoulin wins prologue of 2014 Tour of Alberta

Tom Dumoulin
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According to the Tour of Alberta website, Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands won the 2014 Tour of Alberta prologue at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park on Tuesday. Dumoulin, who represents Team Giant-Shimano posted a time of 5:59.7.

Dumoulin has a 13.9 second lead over Serghei Tvetcov of Romania. Tvetcov, who is representing Team Jelly Belly pb Maxxiss, posted a prologue time of 6:13.66. Thomas Danielson of the United States, who is representing Team Garmin-Sharp, is in third place with a prologue time of 6:16.71.

The top Canadian was Olympian Zachary Bell of Whitehorse, Yukon, who is in eighth place. Bell, who has won two silver medals in omnium at the World Cycling Championships (the first coming in 2009 in Pruszkow, Poland and the second coming in 2012 in Melbourne), also placed eighth in omnium at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

On Tuesday, the cyclists started just outside of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Hockey Canada head office, and cycled up to the top of the hill, relatively close to the 90 metre ski jump. The course was four kilometres in length. The route was also tough for the cyclists because they had to travel 100m in elevation during the final 1.3 kilometres.

This is the second annual Tour of Alberta. Rohan Dennis of Australia won the 2013 race. Unlike last year, the cyclists are starting in Calgary in 2014 and ending in Edmonton. Last year they started in the Alberta capital and ended in Calgary. According to the Prince Albert Now, the competitors will be cycling throughout the Alberta cities of Lethbridge, Innisfail, Red Deer, Sherwood Park and Edmonton between Wednesday and Sunday.

Many of the top cyclists in the world are not competing in Alberta this week because the Tour of Alberta coincides with the Vuelta a Espana, which is a grand tour race on the International Cycling Union world tour. Cycling great Alberto Contador of Spain is the current leader after ten stages.